There are few sights in nature that inspire so much joy as a butterfly dancing over a cluster of flowers. You can bring this beauty to your own yard with a butterfly garden!
First, find out which butterflies are native to your area; your local library should be able to help you find information, and you can always search the internet. Your local county extension office may also be able to help. Check with your local plant nursery to see which plants they recommend.
Pay special attention to the kind of plants that the caterpillars of the local butterflies eat: you’ll want to include those plants to attract the adult butterflies (for instance, the Monarch caterpillar will likely go for milkweed.) For the adult butterflies, choose a selection of plants that produce good nectar: butterfly bush, asters, and zinnias are favorites.
Plant your chosen flowers with care; make sure to follow all planting directions carefully. It may take some time for the garden to grow, but once the plants open up, your yard will be swarming with beautiful visitors!
Prepare for other occupants; hummingbirds are often drawn to the same flowers that butterflies are. When your plants are not blooming, consider hanging a hummingbird feeder to keep your new feathered friends coming back for more.
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